â€œThe state government will not invoke provisions of the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) against the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation employees till December 20 when there is a hearing scheduled at the Bombay High Courtâ€ said Transport Minister Anil Parab on Friday amid the ongoing strike of the MSRTC employees.
Parab said the government and MSRTC will make their arguments and the HC had asked for the preliminary report of the chief secretary-led committee on various demands including MSRTCâ€™s merger with the state government.
The report will be submitted in the high court on December 20. Parab urged the striking MSRTC employees not to believe rumors that the decision on the merger will be announced on December 20.
â€œWe will submit a preliminary report of the chief secretary-led committee to the high court,â€ he said.
Meanwhile Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said the striking employees should take a sensible approach and report to work and not compel the government to take extreme steps against them.
â€œThe state transport buses are the lifeline for poor people. Still, employees are adamant. This is not right. The employees are ours, so are the passengers,â€ he noted.
Pawar said that Parab has been ‘lenient’ several times till now and the government’s patience may end now. â€œNobody should test the government’s patience. It is my earnest request to all the employees and workers. They should report to work and start working,â€ the minister said.